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Environmental issues in Films
23. April 2020 at 23:02
Plastics are not our body's best friend. We have been using the plastic materials for over 5 decades now. There are millions of tonnes of plastic that we produce year after year. And the number keeps on increasing at a drastic year every year. Our marine environment is facing a huge threat due to these plastics and so do our environment.

There are many items that we use are made from plastic such as bags, bottles, plates, cutleries, and so on. Out of these only a bit are recycled. Most of these wastes ends up in landfill and in our seas and oceans.

The documentary that I am going to share with you is “A Plastic Ocean”. The screening of this film was done in a meeting of Drop It Youth ambassadors. The director of this film is an Australian journalist Craig Leeson. They showcased how the plastics have caused serious damages to our environment and also to our marine environment.

The director had wanted to film the blue whale but it showed us the thick layer of plastics floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Then the director went along with the free diver Tanya Streeter around the globe to report and film the havoc of usage of plastics to our environment and marine ecosystem.

The film shows both the amazing life of the marine species and in contrast shows the polluted cities, rivers, seas that are full of plastic wastes. On watching this we can visualize how these plastics are impacting and causing severe threats to our environment.

Moreover they have taken interviews and showed that in the film so that the viewers will get an idea about the problems of using plastics. We get to see the numerous marine species that are affected by these plastics. Most of the marine species mistake the floating plastics for their food. They intake these plastics and it obstructs their digestive system and after which they starve and die.

This film was an eye-opener to many of them and a few have started to consider using alternatives instead of single use plastics. Now it is up to the global citizens to think over this issue and stop using them.

We need to ensure that we don’t harm any marine species further so that they can live and swim around the oceans.

Plastics are not our body’s best friend. So let us try to replace them with alternatives.

1.   Refrain from using plastic bags instead use bags made from jute, cotton or paper

2.   Use tablecloths instead of plastic table coverings

3.   Use matchsticks instead of plastic lighters

4.   Stop using plastic packaging and buy products that come in carton boxes

5.   It is better to make your fresh juice instead of buying juice in plastic bottles

6.   Some cosmetic products contains microbeads. Stop using them and use organic products

7.   Use steel or melamine cutleries instead of single use plastics

8.   Buy steel water bottles, tiffin boxes

9.   Refrain from using plastic straws. Use straws made of steel or bamboo, or you can try to drink straight from bottle

10. Carry your reusable coffee mug instead of single use plastic cups

Cite This Article As: Sainath Manikandan. "Environmental issues in Films." International Youth Journal, 23. April 2020.

Link To Article: https://youth-journal.org/environmental-issues-in-films

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